In regard to the treatment of sexual impotency, Chinese physicians claim deer antler velvet is particularly beneficial for men suffering with enlarged prostates and watery semen. But oddly enough the same product had been used in the treatment of menstrual disorders.
In analyzing the components of deer antler velvet, I discovered that it contains both the male and female hormone precursors. While I make no medical claims about this product, it's fascinating to know that the Chinese have used it for over 2,000 years for male potency.
When a male elk or deer (stag) comes into the mating season his testosterone levels are reaching the highest concentration of the year. Realize that the luteinizing hormone stimulant found in the antler can stimulate testosterone production. If the antler is harvested at just the right time, it becomes a very potent source of hormones, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and increases testosterone levels through luteinizing hormone.
Testosterone is an extremely important hormone that stimulates growth and sexual potency. Secondary sexual characteristics are induced by testosterone which also stimulates tremendous strength and sexual aggressiveness in these bucks.
Testosterone is the primary hormone that elicits the sex drive in both men and women. Higher testosterone levels found in women engender a greater interest in sex, including more sexual activity and orgasms. In aging men, as testosterone levels decline, there is a resulting commensurate loss of sex drive and potency.
And, while there are many reasons why a man may not be able to achieve and hold an erection, certainly the loss of testosterone could be one of the most important. In fact, this may be one or the most common reasons why men are impotent. In 1991, Richard F. Spark demonstrated that three studies showed one-third of men who were tested revealed hormonal irregularities which could result in impotence.
The hormone called luteinizing hormone (LH) is secreted by the pituitary gland and gives the signal for testosterone to be produced. Leuteinizing hormone stimulates the male testicle to convert cholesterol to testosterone.
New Zealand scientists studying deer antler found high levels of LH and testosterone in the blood of stags as the pedicles began to develop into antlers and began their accelerated growth rate. Animal studies indicate that deer antler velvet could have a stimulatory effect on the testicles.
Doctors T. Ge and P. Hong studied the effects of ginseng and deer antler velvet on the reproductive system of male rats. This study was published in The Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Volume 6, No. 4 in 1986.
The results of the study showed that LH secretion from the adenohypophosis could be significantly increased after the incubation with deer antler velvet. In fact, as the graph shows, antler extract could cause more LH to be released than did leuteinizing hormone releasing hormone (LRH), the hormone our bodies use to control LH release.
But does this translate into more testosterone circulating through the body? After seven days of injections, the plasma testosterone levels of male rats could increase two fold.
Another group of researchers in Japan found that deer antler velvet after eight days of oral administration to senescence-accelerated-prone mice (SAM-P) could produce dramatically increased plasma testosterone levels in these animals, which were for all intents and purposes senile mice.
Excerpt adapted from: Velvet Deer Antler: The Ultimate Antiaging Supplement by Dr. Alex Duarte, 2000.